...if nationalism is innate to every individual?
do you feel proud when you watch Charice Pempengco belt it out and were being hailed and praised by other international musicians? Is it the same when it's Lea Salonga? Or Arnel Pineda?
do you feel proud living in a country that amidst the poverty is being admired by foreigners for its rich natural resources and beautiful, undiscovered paradise?
did you flare-up when you first heard Claire Danes said: "Manila is a ghastly place and smells like cockroaches," when Kate Beckinsale retorted how Manila stinks, or a sudden outburst when you first read Chip Tsao's article calling the "Philippines as a nation of servants" (a satire Tsao claimed) ?
did you stop patronizing a certain author or a tv series which you previously liked just because they dissed the Philippines for having emigrant women as its leading (shameful) exports and publicly belittling the practitioners of the medical profession in the country?
I say "YES" to all of these. They say that, national identity links the individual to the world order. So I guess, saying yes is also "innate" to me.
photo was taken while we were on a road trip from Pili to Naga City.